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Posted by Rick (152.163.201.199) on February 17, 2003 at 20:31:57:

In Reply to: Re: A Bassist's Bass posted by rumblethump on November 03, 2002 at 10:04:17:

: : I am a university design student in england. I am trying to design a true bassists bass for my final year project. To that end I have created a questionnaire that I am trying to get as many bassists as possible to fill in. If anyone reading this would please take the time to fill in there answers and post them i would be very grateful. Thanks H.

: : BASSISTíS QUESTIONAIRES

: : 1: How many strings do you prefer your bass to have?
: : A: 4
: : B: 5
: : C: 6
: : D: Other (please specify)

: 5

: : 2: What is your preferred scale length?
: : A: 30Ē
: : B: 32Ē
: : C: 34Ē
: : D: 35Ē
: : E: Donít know
: : F: Other (please specify)

: D-35"

: : 3: If you play a 4 string what is your preferred top nut width?
: : A: 38mm
: : B: 40mm
: : C: 41mm
: : D: 42mm
: : E: Donít know
: : F: Other (please specify)

: 41mm

: : 4: Do you have a preference between?
: : A: Headless bass
: : B: Headed bass
: : C: No preference

: headed

: : 5: What is your preferred fingerboard material?
: : A: Maple
: : B: Rosewood
: : C: Ebony
: : D: Wenge
: : E: Ebanol (plastic)
: : F: No preference

: WENGE

: : 6: What is your preferred neck to body joint?
: : A: Bolt on
: : B: Set neck
: : C: Through neck
: : D: No preference

: SET NECK(same punch as a bolt on but sustain like a neck-through)

: : 7: On a headed bass do you prefer?
: : A: An angled headstock
: : B: A string retainer headstock
: : C: No preference

: C EITHER WAY WORKS

: : 8: On a 4 string headed bass do you prefer:
: : A: 4 in line tuners
: : B: 3x1 tuners
: : C: 2x2 tuners
: : D: No preference

: no preference

: : 9: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
: : A: Single action
: : B: Double action
: : C: No preference

: B

: : 10: Do you prefer your basses truss rod to be:
: : A: Headstock adjustable
: : B: Body adjustable
: : C: No preference

: headstock adjustable, its a real pain to have to take off the neck for adjustment

: : 11: How many frets do you like your bass to have?
: : A: 19
: : B: 20
: : C: 21
: : D: 24
: : E: No preference
: : F: Other (please specify)

: 24

: : 12: What size fret wire do you prefer?
: : A: medium
: : B: Jumbo
: : C: Vintage
: : D: No preference

: A less noise when slapping

: : 13: What fingerboard markers do you prefer?
: : A: Front dots and side dots
: : B: Side dots only
: : C: No preference
: : D: Others (please specify)

: A

: : 14: Do you use strap locks?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No

: A

: : 15: If yes, what brand do you use?
: : A: Schaller
: : B: Dunlop
: : C: Other (please specify)

: B

: : 16: What order do you use these playing styles? (1 being most often, 3 being least often)
: : [ 1 ] Finger style
: : [ 2] Slap
: : [ 3] Plectrum

: : 17: What type of music do you normally play?

: ROCK,METAL,JAZZ,BLUES,FLAMENCO, (I NEED VERSATILE BASSES)
:
: : 18: What is your preferred number of pickups?
: : A: 1
: : B: 2
: : C: 3

: 2

: : 19: If two or more, how often do you change the pickup balance?
: : A: All the time
: : B: Regularly
: : C: Occasionally
: : D: Not very often
: : E: Never

: B
: : 20: Would you use piezo pickups?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : C: No preference

: A

: : 21: Do you prefer active or passive controls?
: : A: Active
: : B: Passive
: : C: No preference

: A (you get waymore headroom and cut through better, who cares about paying $2 for a battery)

: : 22: If, active what is your preferred EQ set up?
: : A: 2 band EQ (bass, treble)
: : B: 3 band EQ (bass, treble, mid)
: : C: Other (please specify)

: B (but mids shouldn'ts be honky or twangy)

: : 23: Do you prefer active or passive pickups?
: : A: Active
: : B: Passive
: : C: No preference

: A (Same as earlier answer about active electronics)

: : 24: What type of pickup do you prefer?
: : A: Single Coil
: : B: Humbucker
: : C: No preference

: B

: : 25: What orientation do you play your bass?
: : A: Right handed
: : B: Left handed

: A

:
: : 26: What style instrument do you prefer?
: : A: Vintage
: : B: Modern
: : C: Retro
: : D: Rock
: : E: Other (please specify)

: F: all the above

: : 27: What is your preferred body material?
: : A: Alder
: : B: Ash
: : C: Mahogany
: : D: Poplar
: : E: Basswood
: : F: Luthite
: : G: Graphite
: : H: No preference
: : I: Other (please specify)

: ASH or BUBINGA

:
: : 28: What is you finish preference?
: : A: Natural wood
: : B: Stained wood
: : C: Solid colour
: : D: Sunburst
: : E: No preference

: A and B

: : 29: What is your preferred string routing?
: : A: Through bridge
: : B: Through body
: : C: No preference

: B (tighter sound)

: : 30: Do you adjust the bridge string height?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No

: A

: : 31: Do you adjust the bridge string spacing?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No

: A

: : 32: Do you adjust the intonation?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No

: A

: : 33: What type of top nut do you prefer?
: : A: Plastic
: : B: Bone
: : C: Tusq
: : D: Graphite
: : E: Brass
: : F: Adjustable

: F (Wariwck has an awesome Adjust-A-Nut, their first designs sucked though)

: : 34: Do you prefer to have a zero fret?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : C: No preference

: B (less worry about fret buzz)

: : 35: Do you rest your elbow against the body when playing?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : C: Donít know

: D forearm when I am sitting down or slapping

: : 36: When playing do you hold your bass?
: : A: Up near the rib cage
: : B: Near the chest
: : C: Near the waist
: : D: Below the waist
: : E: Other (please specify)

: BETWEEN B and C

: : 37: What make and model bass do you currently play?

: DeArmond Pilot Pro 5, Custom made P-Bass copy 5-String with MM in bridge and active electronics, WARWICK CORVETTE STANDARD 5

: :
: : 38: What is your dream production bass?

: WARWICK THUMB BASS, WARWICK INFINITY, WARWICK STREAMER STAGE 2

: :
: : 39: Would you play a fretless bass?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : C: Donít know

: A BUT ONLY FOR JAZZ

: : 40: Would you play an eight or twelve string?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : C: Donít know

: YES, BUT NOT REGULARLY

: : 41: What is your preferred tuner type?
: : A: Vintage
: : B: Sealed mini
: : C: Microlite

: SELF-LUBRICATING SEALED TUNERS (GOTOH, some HIPSHOT)

: : 42: What tuning do you use? E.g. E,A,D,G

: TOO MANY TO LIST BUT MOSTLY JUST STANDARD

: : 43: Do you change your tuning?
: : A: All the time
: : B: Regularly
: : C: Occasionally
: : D: Not very often
: : E: Never

: B

: : 44: Do you prefer your controls to be set up?
: : A: Rear routed cavity front mounted
: : B: Front scratch plate mounted
: : C: Other

: A with pop top battery cover

: : 45: What type of strings do you use?
: : A: Stainless steel
: : B: Nickel
: : C: Flatwound
: : D: Coated (e.g. Elixir)
: : E: Donít know

: A and B

: : 46: What is your preferred string gauge?

: 45-135 for 5-strings, on my old 4 string 55-110

: :
: : 47: Where do you prefer your bassís jack socket to be positioned?
: : A: Front
: : B: Side

: B

: :
: : 48: What type of knob do you prefer?
: : A: Domed knurled
: : B: Flat top knurled
: : C: Witch hat numbered
: : D: Speed dial numbered
: : E: No preference
: : F: Other (please specify)

: E just make sure it's got a set-screw

: :
: : 49: Would you buy an instrument made from an artificial material?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : Please give reason:

: B the ones I've heard aren't very versatile in tones.
: :
: : 50: Do you use any effects pedals or outboard preamps?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : If yes please list:

: : I have use BASSBALLS,MORLEY WAH, and a BIG MUFF but now I don't anymore.

: : 51: Does your amplifier have any EQ controls?
: : A: Yes
: : B: No
: : If yes please give details

: 1985 Peavey Mark III with 7-band Graphic (usually scooped except for jazz and flamenco) LOW AND HIGH SHELVING, Mid boost button (great to add thump to the slap) and Brightness boost (good to clear up the sound)
:
: : 52: What is your single biggest complaint with the current range of bass guitars?

: They don't have that fat sound and the ones that do aren't very versatile. I guess it's near impossible to make a master of all trades bass though. (WARWICK SURE IS DANG CLOSE)

: : 53: Any other comments

: : GOOD LUCK, send me the specs you decide to use
: : Thank you for completing this questionnaire.




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